Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SLAIN, n.1 Also slane. Sc. usages of Eng. pa.p. slain from slay.

1. One who has been slain, a murdered person. Now only hist. in Sc. Law phr. letters of slains, see Letter, n., 2. (19). Sc. 1730 W. Forbes Institutes II. 26:
Remissions are ordinarily granted without previous Letters of Slains.

2. The fungous disease, smut, which affects grain, blight (‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also in n.Eng. dial., orig. as pa.p. = affected by blight.

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